A few weeks ago, a progressive rabbinical group led a protest against Donald Trump’s temporary ban on refugees and immigrants from majority-Muslim countries.
Gothamist reported that the rabbis protested by blocking traffic on Central Park West outside Trump International Hotel and Tower. The NYPD was eventually forced to step in and arrest 20 of the protesters at around 10:30pm, charging most of them with disorderly conduct and obstructing traffic.
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The protest began with a march involving 200 people that began north of the hotel on 88th Street and Broadway.
“I’m putting my body on the line tonight because we’re obligated as Jews to stand with people seeking safety and seeking home,” Rabbi Rachel Timoner of Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn, said in a statement.
“I’m risking arrest today because America welcomed my own immigrant family to its shores, as it did millions of families before us who fled persecution,” said Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum of Congregation Beit Simchat Torah in New York City. “We’re repeating the tragedy of the St. Louis, the ship carrying 908 Jewish refugees that America turned away in 1939, sending them back to Europe where many were murdered.”
— Barat Ellman (@BaratEllman) February 7, 2017
Home after an extraordinary night of singing, praying, and sharing Torah with 18 of the rabbis w/whom I most want to share a cell.
— Jill Jacobs (@rabbijilljacobs) February 7, 2017
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